Offen predictable, sometimes surprising, that's my river, that I generally court, which sometimes fills me with joy, sometimes afflicts me, but, always enchants me !
Taking its source at an altittude of 680 meters, on the top of the Climont, in the granitics Vosges, the Bruche runs during 78 km to its confluence with the river Ill, just before Strasbourg. Up to Dinsheim, it is classified in 1st category (salmonidae dominant). Rich in watery insects (baetis, rithrogena, ephemerella ignita, caddis..) it presents a succession of flats and currents, typical of the piedmont plains.
It is well populated with brown trouts, to wich are added white fish (chubs, daces, spirlin, bleaks, gudgeons..). From Heiligenberg, the graylings are well established and it contains some rainbow trouts. The trouts are not enormous there; a fish of 30 cm is a beautiful specimen (my personal record with the fly is 45 cm there), but they are wild, and defend themselves with vivacity and malignancy. The graylings commonly reach 30 cm and some specimens of more than 40 cm were already caught.
Where you can get fishing cards :
- For most of the fishing sectors, on the web: http://en.cartedepeche.fr/
-by fishing store FARIO :........ 34, grand rue,............67120 DORLISHEIM ......... tel: 0033 3 88 48 86 66 , . for the sectors of Muhlbach, Mutzig and Molsheim.
-by fishing store BRUCHE- NATURE: 13, route de Strasbourg ,.. 67130 SCHIRMECK ... tel: 0033 3 88 97 89 45 , .. for the fly-fishing course from Schirmeck.
-by fishing store NATURAMA, Zone de loisirs "Le Tręfle" 67120 DORLISHEIM. tél: 03 88 04 81 81. for the sector of Ergersheim-Dachstein-Wolxheim.
News: After a very hot august it is nice, in september, with colder nights, to fish on chubs in the Bruche, where the are now more activ.
My last flyfishing session: On august the 21, as part of my C.B.F. coaching days, I took Jules, a young flyfisherman, on the Bruche. The weather was hot (32°), with a light east wind that stalled the fish. Overal, we got 12 bites, and could catch 10 fish, brown trouts, chubs and daces. (cf. pictures 1, 2 and 3). With TOT and OPK as dry flies, Jules caught some fish. With nymph, the TVC-2 brought some fish also. So, Jules returned happy from this flyfishing day.
C.B.F. last news:
There are of course other interesting rivers for flyfishing in Alsace, like the Moder, the Eichel, the Sauer, the Giessen, or the Andlau in the Bas-Rhin, the Fecht, the Doller, the Ill, the Lauch or the Thur in the Haut-Rhin. But the Bruche is certainly one of the most beautiful.